18 Monday: Portico Library, Manchester
4.30-6pm. Vanishing for the Vote: suffrage campaigners and the 1911 census boycott across Lancashire's cotton towns.
On census night, Sunday 2 April 1911, suffragettes were urged to boycott the census - often by hiding in darkened rooms to evade the enumerator. Other suffrage campaigners disagreed with this civil disobedience tactic, instead prioritizing health and welfare reforms - and they handed over completely accurate census schedules.
This talk tells the story of the census boycott plus health and welfare campaigns across Lancashire's cotton towns. In particular, it looks at Selina Cooper's Nelson, Edith Rigby's Preston, and at Rochdale ~ where a WSPU minute book, recording local suffragettes and what they did, has recently come to light.
Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3HY.
Tickets: £5 standard, £4 Portico members, £3 students & unemployed. Book tickets:
Enquiries: 0161 236 6785. www.theportico.org.uk
12 Friday: Media Centre, Huddersfield 7pm.
Votes for Women! Yorkshire suffragettes demand a voice at Westminster.
This quick-fire suffrage talk is part of the Notwestminster PechaKucha Night, a fast-paced evening with a distinctly democratic flavour. It starts with the Yorkshire suffragettes who demanded the vote ~ and also cared about local democracy.
Following a '20 slides for 20 seconds' format, each speaker talks for 6 minutes 40 seconds. An informal and fun evening.
Café Ollo, the Media Centre, 7 Northumberland Street, Huddersfield HD1 1RL.
Free. Licenced bar.
Book free tickets
16 Tuesday - Halifax Antiquarian Society 7pm.
Vanishing for the Vote: Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragette boycott in Halifax. On Thursday 30 March 1911, Mrs Pankhurst addressed a crowded audience in Halifax Mechanics' Hall.
She urged women, all still unenfranchised, to boycott the government's census. Suffragettes' defiant cry was: 'No Vote, No Census!' Come census night, some women did hide away to evade the enumerator. Others decided to provide the Liberal government with accurate data for welfare reforms - and complied with the census. Why? What were the arguments for and against boycotting? And which Halifax women gave 'slave' as their occupation?
Halifax Central Library, Northgate, Halifax HX1 1UN
Non-members of HAS: £2 donation.
1 Tues – 31 Tues: Women's History Month.
12 Saturday - Carnforth Bookshop, Lancashire 1.30 pm.
Vanishing for the Vote: suffrage campaigners and the 1911 census boycott across northern Lancashire.
On census night, Sunday 2 April 1911, suffragettes were urged to boycott - often by hiding in darkened rooms to evade the census enumerator. Other suffrage campaigners disagreed with this civil disobedience tactic, instead prioritizing health and welfare reforms - and they handed over completely accurate census schedules.
This talk tells the story of the census boycott, plus health and welfare campaigns, across northern Lancashire. It looks at Selina Cooper's Nelson, Edith Rigby's Preston, Lancaster - and beyond.
No need to book. Refreshments.
Carnforth Bookshop, upstairs café, 38 - 42 Market Street, Carnforth, Lancashire LA5 9JX.
www.carnforthbooks.co.uk 01524 734588.
4 Monday - Vote 100: Women's Suffrage regional historians' conference, Westminster - 11am-5.30pm.
2018 will mark the centenary of women over 30 winning the right to vote. This conference, held within the House of Commons itself, is for local and regional historians ~ to help prepare for centenary celebrations in your local town or city.
Jill Liddington will speak on Northern Stories: radical suffragists and census evaders. She traces her suffrage research from 1974, when BBC TV's Shoulder to Shoulder prompted the question: who else besides the Pankhursts campaigned in the Manchester area? And what sources are available? She looks a working-class women ~ Selina Cooper, Ada Nield Chew, Hannah Mitchell; and ends on the 1911 suffragette census boycott & the questions it raised: who boycotted, who didn't and why?
Also speaking are suffrage historian Elizabeth Crawford and Vicky Iglikowski from The National Archives, Kew.
People attending are encouraged to share their own research as a poster.
Full programme: will be available in March.
Booking: Book here .
Attendance is free; lunch & refreshments included.
Entrance: via Portcullis House, across road from Houses of Parliament.
10 Sunday ~ Suffragettes and Slaves in Halifax - walk, 11.30am.
Perhaps you've seen Suffragette? Its heroine was a laundress and the film was set in London's East End. Now join us to visit the homes of Halifax's own nest of suffragettes!
Walk their streets: along Queen's Road, down Pellon Lane ~ to the Mechanics' Institute (opposite the Town Hall) where Emmeline Pankhurst herself urged women ~ all still unenfranchised ~ to boycott the 1911 census.
Meet Jill Liddington at the Standard of Freedom pub, Skircoat Green, HX3 0TE. Cost: £3.
The walk is about 4 miles, via Saville Park, & ends at 3.30pm. Return to Skircoat Green using local bus service.
Please bring snack lunch; walking shoes advised.
Sunday 12 June - Walking with Women's Suffrage - Huddersfield
2.30 pm. Meet at St George's Square (in front of station) at Harold Wilson's statue. You've seen the film: now walk the suffragette walk. In 1906, the nation's eyes were trained on Huddersfield. Emmeline Pankhurst arrived to address packed meetings, and suffragettes took the town by storm. Visit the homes of local Votes for Women campaigners, walking in their footsteps. The walk ends back at the station about 4pm. www.discoverhuddersfield.com
Sunday 19 June - Votes for Women - Hebden Bridge
2.15pm. Meet outside the station. Walk in the footsteps of Lavena Saltonstall, visiting the homes of Hebden Bridge suffragettes, the clothing factories where they worked, and ending in George Square where Emmeline Pankhurst addressed vast crowds in 1907. This 3-hour walk costs £3 and includes some hillside paths. www.calderdaleheritagewalks.org.uk
15 Saturday: Barnsley Festival of Labour History,
2pm Votes for Women - campaigning in Barnsley and beyond. Three-day festival (Friday 14 – Sunday 16) of talks, discussion, music, film.
Venue: The Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2HZ. Tickets: £10 for weekend. £5 for Friday evening concert.
Booking: tickets from Barnsley Trades Council, 33 Western Street, Barnsley S70 2BT. Cheques payable to Barnsley Trades Council.
Enquiries: 07594 857960.
22 Tuesday: Parliamentary Group on Archives and History: Annual Lecture - 6.30pm.
What do women do in Archives? Reflecting on suffrage research across four decades.
Archives open up women's lives: Lancashire's radical suffragists - notably Selina Cooper. In Yorkshire, reading inside Huddersfield's suffragette branch. And, courtesy of the National Archives, the suffragette boycott of the 1911 census - 'No Vote, No Census!' As the 2018 suffrage centenary approaches, this talk reflects on plans to celebrate Vote 100.
Venue: Committee Room 9, House of Commons, Westminster, London.
Booking: email@example.com after 15th October. Please note: this event is free, but the number of places is limited, and please allow time to pass through security.
Enquiries: Jon Elliott, Head of Public Affairs
Archives and Records Association (ARA).
7 Wednesday - A week full of 'crowded hours of glorious life': Ada Nield Chew, Crewe factory girl and suffrage organizer.
The Women and Girls of Crewe, the North of England and beyond 1830-2016.
1.30pm: Special Guest Lecture on Ada Nield Chew
Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe campus, Cheshire.
Further information: www.localyouthengagement.org
Book events Autumn 2015
11 Friday: Halifax Heritage Festival - 5.30 pm.
Vanishing for the Vote: Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragette census boycott in Halifax.
On Thursday 30 March 1911, Mrs Pankhurst addressed a crowded audience in the Mechanics' Hall, Halifax. She urged women, all still unenfranchised, to boycott the government's household census. Suffragettes' defiant cry was: 'No Vote, No Census!'
On Sunday 2 April, census night, some women did hide away in darkened buildings to evade the enumerator. Others decided to provide the Liberal government with accurate data for welfare reforms and complied with the census.
Why? What were the arguments for and against boycotting? And how did suffragettes respond in Halifax and other West Riding towns?
Halifax Town Hall. Everyone welcome: no need to book. Suffrage bookstall.
Introduced by David Glover, Halifax Civic Trust.
Halifax Heritage Festival Facebook page
Marketing Halifax, 01422 360035 for more information.
19 Saturday: Walking with Women's Suffrage - 11am
Meet at Hebden Bridge station for a 4.5 mile walk in the footsteps of Lavena Saltonstall, Calderdale's most celebrated suffragette. The route skirts the Hebden hillsides, visiting the homes of local campaigners and the fustian clothing factories where they worked. It ends in the town square where Emmeline Pankhurst addressed a tumultuous crowd in January 1907 on Votes for Women.
Bring packed lunch; walking boots or shoes advised.
2 Friday: Institute of Historical Research, London - 5pm.
Vanishing for the Vote: the suffragette boycott of the 1911 census.
This seminar, presented jointly by Professor Pat Thane, Dr Jill Liddington and Elizabeth Crawford, explores the significance of the 1911 suffragette census boycott. On the one hand, the census was designed to provide accurate data to underpin much-needed health and welfare reforms. On the other, suffragette organizations urged women, all still unenfranchised, to boycott this census. They were asked either to evade the enumerator by hiding away in darkened houses; or to resist - defiantly inscribing 'No Vote No Census' onto their schedule.
Many women did indeed boycott. Yet many decided to comply and handed over a perfectly accurate census schedule. Based upon Jill Liddington's Vanishing for the Vote, this seminar analyzes the 'battle for the census' arguments that raged across Edwardian England in spring 1911, and is illustrated by individual schedules ~ which can still be read in the head of family's own hand.
Pat Thane, Research Professor in Contemporary British History, King's College, London. Dr Jill Liddington, Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (CIGS), University of Leeds. Elizabeth Crawford, independent scholar specializing in suffrage history, is joint compiler of the Gazetteer of Campaigners in Vanishing for the Vote: suffrage, citizenship and the battle for the census (MUP 2014).
Women's History seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Everyone welcome.
9 Friday: Suffragette,
Manchester film premiere
A dramatic fictional story, set in England around 1912-3. The film stars Carey Mulligan - and Helena Bonham Carter, great-granddaughter of Asquith, the
anti-suffrage Prime Minister. Meryl Streep has a cameo role as Emmeline Pankhurst, and the film is shot - for the very first time - in the House of Commons itself, symbolic focus of Votes for Women campaigners.
Manchester's charity film premiere is hosted by the Pankhurst Trust and will be introduced by Helen Pankhurst, granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, Jill Liddington, and Pankhurst Centre CEO Gail Heath.
Odeon IMAX Cinema, Print Works, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS.
Click here for tickets.
UK release from mid-October onwards: check dates & details nearer time.
The Pankhurst Centre
4 Wednesday: 4pm-5.30: Vanishing for the Vote: the suffragette census boycott in Leeds, the West Riding - and beyond.
Leeds University, Sociology & Social Policy school seminar.
About a year before the Suffragette film begins, Asquith's Liberal government conducted its regular household census - in April 1911. But this was the same government that still refused to give women the vote. So suffragette organizations urged women to boycott, proclaiming 'No Vote, No Census!'
The most celebrated evader remains Emily Wilding Davison, hidden in a Houses of Parliament cupboard. And there were mass evasions of suffragettes in cities across the West Riding of Yorkshire. Yet other equally committed campaigners complied with the census, providing accurate information about their family. Why? What were the 'battle for the census' arguments that raged across Edwardian England in spring 1911?
The census schedules can still be read in the head of family's own hand, so this seminar examines schedules from the Leeds area - and beyond.
Leeds University, Social Sciences Building,
For directions - www.leeds.ac.uk/campusmap
The Suffragette film is showing at the Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds & at other cinemas in the region. www.hydeparkpicturehouse.co.uk/
9 Wednesday: Vanishing for the Vote: the suffragette census boycott in the Calder Valley - and beyond - 7.30pm. Hebden Bridge Local History Society.
By 1911, despite decades of suffrage campaigning, the Liberal government still refused to give women the vote. Yet this same government demanded households provide them with accurate census information. So suffragette organizations urged women to boycott, proclaiming 'No Vote, No Census!'
Come census night, many suffragettes did evade. The most celebrated evader, Emily Wilding Davison, hid in a Houses of Parliament cupboard. Bradford suffragettes staged a mass evasion, well-reported in the local paper. In Halifax, a similar mass evasion undoubtedly included Hebden Bridge-born Lavena Saltonstall, now a weaver. Yet other equally committed local campaigners complied with the census. In Hebden Bridge, button-hole machinist Elizabeth Berkley living up Bankside, one-time active suffragette, decided to comply. Why?
This talk, suggesting the wide diversity of suffrage campaigners in Calder Valley and beyond, will be illustrated by individual census schedules.
Hebden Bridge Local History Society, Hebden Bridge Methodist Church Hall, Market Street.
Hebden Bridge History website
Copies of Vanishing for the Vote (MUP, 2014) and Rebel Girls (Virago, 2006) are available at the Bookcase, Market Street, Hebden Bridge.
Book events Summer 2015
26 Tuesday onwards:
Hannah Festival, events across the north
The inspirational Hannah Directory asks: What great stuff is happening in places in the north? Who is doing it? How can more of it happen?
June 8-14: Hannah launch: Hull, Manchester & more
Tues 26 May: conversation on bottom-up devolution at the Pavilion, Leeds. I'll be talking on northern suffragists and suffragettes of Rebel Girls, their aims and their campaigns. How can we learn from them to make even more great stuff happen? Invited participants only (sorry!).
Hannah Festival programme and Hannah Directory, go to: www.hannahfestival.com
19 Friday: Festival of Ideas
York 5.30 - 6.50 pm.
Vanishing for the Vote - Yorkshire and beyond.
As part of the Festival's 'Hidden Histories' strand, Vanishing for the Vote tells the story of what happened on census night, Sunday 2 April 1911. The Liberal government, which still denied women the vote, ordered every household to comply with its census requirement. Suffragette organizations urged women to boycott this census. Many did. Emily Wilding Davison hid overnight in a cupboard inside Parliament. In York, suffragette Annie Coultate evaded. Other women complied. Why? This talk explores the boycott in York and across the Ridings.
King's Manor, K133, York.
Free tickets: www.yorkfestivalofideas.com/tickets
or 01904 322622.
Schools History Project,
Leeds Trinity University.
Why had women not won the vote by 1914?
This conference workshop explores the political tensions between the Votes for Women campaign and Lloyd George's welfare reform agenda.
The SHP conference (Fri 10 – Sun 12) brings together original history research with GCSE curriculum expertise. The workshop will be led by Chris Culpin, writer and schools examiner, and Jill Liddington, author of Vanishing for the Vote: suffrage, citizenship and the battle for the census.
Workshop: Sat 11th, 11.10-12.40 & 3.30-5pm.
SHP conference: Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD.
Housman Books, Kings Cross, London 7pm.
Laurence Housman's 150th anniversary celebration.
Artist and writer Laurence Housman dedicated his creative genius to the heady Votes for Women campaign. He was to suffrage what Rudyard Kipling was to patriotism: a rollicking good balladeer. Of his designs, probably the most celebrated was his monumental 'From Prison to Citizenship' banner, first carried in procession in June 1908. A gifted speaker always in heavy demand, Laurence Housman was the key inspirer behind the suffragette boycott of the 1911 census.
Elizabeth Oakley, biographer of Laurence Housman (1865-1959), talks on his tireless campaigns for Peace. She traces his commitment through two World Wars to the cause in which he so passionately believed. Opened in 1945, the bookshop Housmans was so named in his honour. Copies of Vanishing for the Vote: suffrage, citizenship and the battle for the census and of Inseparable Siblings: a portrait of Clemence and Laurence Housman will be available.
5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9DX.
www.housmans.com & 020 7837 4473.
Walking with Women's Suffrage
Starts at 6pm, St George's Square, Huddersfield station. Walk in the footsteps of local suffragettes - as they took the town by storm. We visit the family homes of both Edith Key and Dora Thewlis. The walk ends about 7.30 at the Head of Steam, St George's Square for food, drink, Q&A & bookstall.
Cost of walk: £3. No booking is required.
25 Saturday: Hebden Bridge, walking with women's suffrage
2.15 pm - 5.15 pm.
Votes for Women!
Walk in the footsteps of Lavena Saltonstall, visiting the homes of Hebden Bridge suffragettes, the fustian clothing factories where they worked and the town square where Emmeline Pankhurst addressed a vast crowd in January 1907.
Meet Jill Liddington at 2.15 pm at Hebden Bridge station. The 3-hour local history walk includes some hillside footpaths which may still be muddy, so boots are advisable.
Booking: no need to book - just turn up and pay on the day.
Books: copies of Vanishing for the Vote and Rebel Girls (telling the Lavena Saltonstall story) are available from the Book Case, Hebden Bridge.
Leeds, unveiling blue plaque for Mary Gawthorpe
A new blue plaque will be unveiled for suffragette organizer Mary Gawthorpe, born 1881 in Leeds, died in United States 1973. The plaque, at Mary's home in Bramley at 9 Warrel's Mount, is the initiative of the Leeds Civic Trust. Warrel's Mount is about 0.5 mile north of Bramley station.
For further details of Leeds Civic Trust blue plaques, go to www.leedscivictrust.org.uk
March 2015- Women's History Month.
7 Saturday: Carriageworks, Leeds
- 1pm & 4pm. Rebel.
Carriageworks Theatre is proud to host 13-16-year-old theatre-makers performing an original play, Rebel. They have developed the script based on the true stories of three local suffragettes told in Jill Liddington's Rebel Girls: their fight for the vote (Virago, 2006).
Carriageworks Young Theatre-makers bring to life Dora Thewlis, Lilian Lenton and Leonora Cohen ~ who all rebelled and struggled in their fight for the vote. The talented young performers respond to these true stories and pose the question 'how far would you go?' in a memorable and moving ensemble performance.
'Deeds not words' was to be our permanent motto. Emmeline Pankhurst.
Carriageworks, Electric Press, Millennium Square & Great George Street, Leeds LS2 3AD.
Bookstall: copies of Rebel Girl will be on sale.
Booking: tickets £6.50 (& £4.50 concessions) from Carriageworks
29 Thursday: The National Archives, Kew
6pm - 7.30.
Vanishing for the Vote: diverse suffragettes boycott the 1911 census. This talk, part of the National Archives' Diversity Week, will be based on family census schedules held at TNA. Vanishing for the Vote tells the story of what happened on census night, 2 April 1911. Despite decades of campaigning, no woman had won the right to vote. So suffragettes urged women to boycott the census, proclaiming 'No Vote, No Census!'
The talk will illustrate the wide diversity of suffrage campaigners, both those who complied with the census and those who daringly boycotted - like tax-resister Princess Sophia Duleep Singh of Hampton Court.
TNA: Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU - 020 8876 3444.
TNA - The National Archives
Booking: this event is free.
Eventbrite - Click here to book
TNA bookshop for copies of Vanishing for the Vote
18 Wednesday: Huddersfield Library
Vanishing for the Vote: the suffragette census boycott in Huddersfield, the West Riding ~ and beyond.
Towns like Huddersfield supported both Votes for Women and campaigns for health reforms. The Liberal government refused women the vote - yet it demanded households provide them with census information. Come census night 1911, would West Riding women comply with the requirements - or boycott the census?
Princess Alexandra Walk, HD1 2SU. 01484 221965.
Bookstall: for copies of Vanishing for the Vote.
Booking: this event is free -
Book on 01484 221965 or email Huddersfield.firstname.lastname@example.org
Further details here
March 2015 - Women's History Month.
8 Sunday: International Women's Day.
12 Thursday: John Rylands Library, Manchester
6pm - 7.30. Vanishing for the Vote: the suffragette census boycott in Manchester - and beyond.
On census night 1911, Manchester boasted the largest mass evasion outside London. Why? And what was the role of the Men's League for Women's Suffrage Manchester branch ~ whose minute book is part of the John Rylands collection?
John Ryland's Library (Historical Reading Room), University of Manchester, Deansgate M3 3EH ~ 0161 306 0561.
This book talk is free and is part of Wonder Woman Radical Manchester Festival.
Booking ring 0161 3060555 or email email@example.com.
John Rylands Library events and tours
Books: copies of Vanishing for the Vote (MUP, 2014) are available in the Library bookshop.
1 Thurs - 3 Sat - Pomona, CA, US - WAWH conference.
For more information on the Western Association of Women Historians www.wawh.org/conferences/2014
20 Tuesday - book event at the Pankhurst Centre, 60-62 Nelson Street, Manchester, M13 9WP.
6pm - 7.30, glass of wine ~ bookstall.
Tickets £6 & £4 (students & low income).
To book: 0161 274 3525 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.manchesterwomensaid.org
24 Saturday - Doncaster Heritage Festival.
Vanishing for the Vote: the suffragette boycott in Doncaster - and beyond.
Central Library (Meeting Room 1), Watergate, Doncaster DN1 3JE.
Tickets: £4 including refreshments.
Copies of Vanishing for the Vote will be available for purchase.
Booking in advance essential. For tickets and further details please contact: Local Studies staff on 01302 734307 or email.
Doncaster Heritage Festival
31 Saturday - Artists, writers and evaders: walking with Women's Suffrage in Kensington.
Venue: meet at Kensington High Street tube station, 2 pm. A two-hour walk, visiting the homes and studios of key campaigners, notably Laurence & Clemence Housman. The walk finishes with tea at the pub opposite their house, so reminiscent of the local artists and evaders who made this corner of Kensington distinctive.
Organization: the Friends of the Women's Library.
Cost: £10 for Friends, £12 for non-members (& cost of tea).
To book a place: contact the membership secretary Diana Dollery ~ email@example.com
The Friends of the Women's Library
March 2014 - Women's History Month.
24.2-27.4 People's History Museum, Manchester.
Pop-up exhibition, Vanishing for the Vote.
PHM, Left Bank, Manchester M3 3ER.
10 am - 5 pm. Bookshop. Free entry.
The pop-up exhibition is now on display at the Pankhurst Centre, Manchester
- open Thursdays 10am to 4pm.
7 Friday The Book Case, Hebden Bridge - launch.
8 Saturday International Women's Day.
11 Tuesday House of Commons, conversation - 6pm.
Venue: Jubilee Room, Westminster Hall.
Jill Liddington, Pat Thane and Elizabeth Crawford prime the conversation on the significance of the 1911 census and suffragette boycott.
On census night 1911, Emily Wilding Davison hid in a broom cupboard in this very building. Across the country, what did other women do - and why?
Copies available in Parliamentary Bookshop.
Parliament and Women
Watch video of census conversation in the House of Commons. Organiser: Melanie Unwin - UNWINM@parliament.uk.
18 Tuesday - Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston.
Vanishing for the Vote: the suffragette census boycott across Lancashire – and beyond.
Talk 6.30-7.30 pm.
Book a place
Organiser: Vicci McCann - Vicci.McCann@lancashire.gov.uk
29 Saturday - Manchester Histories Festival 3pm - 3.45pm. Vanishing for the Vote: talk followed by book signing ~ & visit pop-up exhibition. People's History Museum. Manchester Histories Festival
Book a place
Organizer: Louise Sutherland - firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Wednesday - anniversary of 1911 census.
12 Saturday 9.06 am and 13 Sunday at 9 pm. - BBC World Service - Manchester: a City United. Radio documentary, including the Votes for Women campaigns in Manchester.
20 Sunday - Easter.
27 Sunday - PHM exhibitionVanishing for the Vote ends.
4 Wednesday - Vanishing for the Vote: the suffragette census boycott across Manchester - and beyond. 6pm.
Manchester Central Library, Archives+, Performance Space. Display from the Archives' suffrage collection.
Entry & tea, coffee, biscuits: free.
Come and see Manchester's long-awaited new Library.
Book a place
Organizer: Joanne Bailey
11 Wednesday. Housmans Bookshop.
7pm - 8 pm.
Sylvia Pankhurst, suffrage and the battle for the census. A conversation with Sylvia's most recent biographer.
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9DX
Enquiries and further details: www.housmans.com
14 Saturday - Walking with women's suffrage.
Meet 11 am, Mytholmroyd Station (Manchester platform), Calder Valley, West Yorkshire.
A 7-mile walk, in the footsteps of Lavena Saltonstall - one of the few local suffragettes to evade the 1911 census.
Finishes with a suffrage tea at the Dusty Miller, Mytholmroyd.
No booking required ~ but boots advisable.
Organizer: Mytholmroyd Walkers' Action.
For further details Calderdale Countryside & Woodlands Service
10 Thurs - Bromsgrove Society summer school: women's suffrage day - Bromsgrove School, Worcester Road, Bromsgrove -10am.
Includes a talk by Elizabeth Oakley, biographer of Laurence and Clemence Housman: and talk by Jill Liddington on Laurence Housman and the Suffragette Boycott of the 1911 Census.
For full programme & how to book www.bsoc.co.uk.
Organiser: Julian Hunt ~ email@example.com
11 Friday - Laurence Housman 1903 walk to London.
Laurence and Clemence Housman were the creative inspirers of the 1911 suffragette census boycott. This walk follows the long-distance route Laurence trod in 1903, his protest against modernity, speed and - especially - the motor car.
Route: from Bromsgrove via Stratford-on-Avon to Chipping Camden; through the Cotswolds to Oxford, then following the Thames to London. With readings from Laurence Housman's suffrage writings en route.
Organization: the Housman Society.
This is a sponsored walk ~ www.housman-society.co.uk
for further information. Details of the route and dates will be available after Easter.
Book events autumn 2014
20 Saturday Hampstead suffrage walk - 2pm - 4.30.
Writers and resisters: walking with women's suffrage in Hampstead and Belsize Park.
Some of the strongest support for 'No Vote, No Census' sprang from Hampstead Heath: here neighbouring resisters, Dr Elizabeth Knight and Jane Brailsford, 'refused to fill up Form'.
At Belsize Park, Lady Strachey vehemently opposed the boycott. The walk visits campaigners' homes - and explores the arguments for & against the boycott voiced at Hampstead Town Hall.
Organization: Friends of the Women's Library.
Cost: £10 for Friends, £12 for non-members (+ cost of tea).
To book a place: contact membership secretary or
27 Saturday News from Nowhere bookshop
Vanishing for the Vote: the suffragette census boycott on Merseyside - & beyond.
Who organized Merseyside's mass evasions ~ and where? And how does Liverpool compare with, say, Manchester?
News from Nowhere, 96 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4HY.
This is a free event.
Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or
0151 708 7270.
4 Saturday Ilkley Literature Festival
Vanishing for the Vote: the suffragette census boycott in Ilkley, London - and towns between.
Come and find out about Ilkley's five 'very unshockable' Misses Thompson ~ and the mass census evasion nearby in Bradford.
Ilkley Playhouse, Weston Road, LS29 8DW.
Tickets: £6 & £4.
Box Office: 01943 816714 or book online
9 Thurs & 11 Sat Books Are My Bag - Booksellers' campaign for independent bookshops.
On Saturday 11th, Books Are My Bag will put an author into every bookshop across the land.
16 Thursday Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
6.30 - 8 pm.
Vanishing for the Vote: the suffragette census boycott in Nottingham - and beyond.
Suffragette Helen Watts' papers, dramatically surviving an Atlantic crossing, tell the vivid story of the Nottingham campaign. Yet, when other suffragettes evaded on census night 1911, why did Helen Watts decide to comply?
Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH - 0115 837 3097 - email@example.com
Admission: £3, includes refreshments, with 15% off all purchases made on the night.
Organizer: Nottingham Women's History Group - firstname.lastname@example.org
13 Thursday Portico Library, Manchester
refreshments from 6pm for 6.30 start.
Vanishing for the Vote: the suffragette census boycott in Manchester - and beyond.
On census night 1911, Manchester had the largest suffragette mass evasion outside London. Why? And what were the arguments for and against boycotting?
The Portico Library hosts a dramatic performance by Emmeline Pankhurst herself - and by her persistent heckler.
57 Mosley St, Manchester M2 3HY.
Tickets: £8 & concessions £5. 0161 236 6785 Bookstall.
The Pankhurst Centre, Manchester - Vanishing for the Vote pop-up exhibition, curated by the People's History Museum, illustrating the census boycott across Manchester. Plus visit Mrs Pankhurst's parlour where the suffragette movement was founded in 1903.
60-62 Nelson Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester M13 9WP.
The museum is open on Thursdays 10am - 4pm; ring 0161 274 3625 or email